Satisfy Your Cravings with Delicious Barbecue Chicken Nachos

Listen up, foodies and barbecue lovers! I have a recipe that will knock your socks off – Barbecue Chicken Nachos! This dish is hearty, loaded with flavors, and perfect for any occasion, from family gatherings to football game nights. Trust me; once you start making these nachos, they’ll become a staple at your parties – they’re that good!

If you’re a fan of anything with grilled chicken and barbecue sauce, then you’re in for a treat. This recipe combines the two to create a mouth-watering flavor explosion that will leave you wanting more. Get ready to indulge in some cheesy, crunchy nachos loaded with savory barbecue chicken, melted cheddar cheese, black beans, corn, and fresh green onions.

Don’t let the thought of making nachos intimidate you. With a few simple steps, anyone can make these quick and easy barbeque chicken nachos. So grab those tortilla chips and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Barbecue Chicken Nachos
Barbecue Chicken Nachos

If you’re a fan of nachos, chicken, and barbecue sauce, then you’re in for a treat with these barbecue chicken nachos. They are the perfect combination of tangy, crunchy, and cheesy.

The addition of the shredded chicken takes these nachos to the next level. It adds depth and texture to an already delicious dish. Plus, using grilled or pan-seared chicken breast makes it a healthier option than typical ground beef or pork nachos.

The barbecue sauce is what really sets these nachos apart. It adds a smoky and sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the cheddar cheese and tortilla chips. And if you love extra sauce on your nachos, just drizzle some more on top before serving.

These loaded bbq chicken nachos can be served as a snack or a main course for dinner. Perfect for game day parties or movie nights, they are quick and easy to make. Just layer the ingredients on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

Not only are they tasty and satisfying, but they are also customizable to your liking. Add toppings such as green onions, black beans, or sour cream for an extra kick of flavor.

In conclusion, these barbecue chicken nachos are truly irresistible. They are so easy to make yet impressive enough to serve for any occasion. Trust me, once you try them, you’ll be hooked!

Ingredient List

 Melty, cheesy goodness with a kick of barbecue flavor!
Melty, cheesy goodness with a kick of barbecue flavor!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make barbecue chicken nachos:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 bag tortilla chips (2 cups)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Sour cream, for serving (optional)

Additional options:

  • For a quicker and easier preparation, use cooked shredded chicken such as grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken.
  • You can add other toppings such as diced tomatoes or jalapenos to the nachos before baking.

The Recipe How-To

 Nachos that will make all of your taste buds dance with joy.
Nachos that will make all of your taste buds dance with joy.

Now that we have gathered all of our ingredients, it’s time to dive right into making these delicious Barbecue Chicken Nachos! Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Preheat the oven

First things first, we need to preheat our oven to 400°F. It may seem like a small detail, but starting with a hot oven will ensure that our nachos come out perfectly crispy and delicious.

Step 2: Prepare the Baking Sheet

Take a rimmed baking sheet and line it with aluminum foil. This will help make cleanup a breeze! Give it a quick mist with some cooking spray, or you can even rub a little bit of olive oil on the foil to prevent any sticking.

Step 3: Build the First Layer of Chips

Lay down tortilla chips in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Step 4: Add Barbecue Chicken on Top of Chips

Next, spread about 1 cup of barbecue sauce-coated shredded chicken over the chips.

Step 5: Add More Chips and Cheese

Add another layer of tortilla chips on top of the chicken, followed by another cup of cheddar cheese.

Step 6: Add Additional Toppings

If desired, add corn or black beans as well for an extra pop of flavor and texture.

Step 7: Repeat Layers until Done

Repeat layering with remaining tortilla chips, chicken, cheese, and any desired toppings until you have used all your ingredients.

Step 8: Bake in Preheated Oven

Bake in preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Step 9: Garnish with Green Onions

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with freshly chopped green onions for a burst of color and freshness.

Our loaded BBQ chicken nachos are now ready to serve! These are perfect for sharing as an appetizer or even as a main course. Don’t forget to top them off with some sour cream or additional barbecue sauce for dipping!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfect for parties, game nights, or just a night in front of the TV.
Perfect for parties, game nights, or just a night in front of the TV.

Once you’ve tried the classic barbecue chicken nachos recipe, there are several substitutions and variations to switch things up. Don’t be afraid to experiment and add your own twist!

Instead of using shredded chicken breast, try using grilled chicken for even more flavor. You can also opt for pulled pork or beef if you’re feeling adventurous.

For a vegetarian option, skip the meat and load up on veggies instead. Black beans and corn are a great addition for a southwest-inspired twist.

Mix up the cheese by using nacho cheese sauce or pepper jack instead of cheddar. This will give your nachos an extra burst of heat and cheesiness.

Swap out regular tortilla chips for flavored ones, such as spicy jalapeño or lime. Or even better, make your own homemade tortilla chips by cutting corn or flour tortillas into small triangles and baking them in the oven until crispy.

If you’re not a fan of barbecue sauce, you can also top your nachos with salsa, hot sauce or even guacamole.

Feel free to get creative with your toppings as well. Add diced tomatoes, jalapeños, green onions or sour cream for a colorful and flavorful finish.

No matter how you make them, these loaded bbq chicken nachos are always sure to please. Enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready for a flavor explosion with every bite.
Get ready for a flavor explosion with every bite.

Now that your loaded BBQ chicken nachos are hot and ready to eat, it’s time to think about how best to serve and enjoy them. These nachos are perfect for sharing with a crowd while watching a big game or as an appetizer before a main meal. Serve them on a large platter or baking sheet, topped with additional sliced green onions, fresh cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream.

If you want to make these nachos into a full meal, consider adding some extra toppings or sides. You could pair them with an easy side salad or some grilled vegetables to balance out the richness of the cheese and barbecue sauce. For a heartier meal, try serving the nachos alongside some pulled pork sliders or grilled sausages.

When it comes to drinks, there are many options that pair well with BBQ chicken nachos. A bold red wine such as Zinfandel or Malbec would be a great choice, as would a light beer like pilsner or pale ale. If you prefer non-alcoholic beverages, try serving lemonade or iced tea.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair these delicious BBQ chicken nachos, they’re sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A fun and tasty twist on traditional nachos.
A fun and tasty twist on traditional nachos.

As a barbecue chicken nachos enthusiast, I know that sometimes we want to make big batches of this dish ahead of time. It’s always better to plan ahead, especially when we have guests coming over or when we need to save time on a weekday dinner.

To make these nachos ahead of time, you can prepare the chicken and the barbecue sauce separately and store them in airtight containers in the fridge. You can also shred the cheese and slice the green onions beforehand.

When it’s time to assemble the nachos, preheat your oven and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Layer the tortilla chips, cooked shredded chicken, corn, black beans, cheddar cheese, and drizzle it with your homemade barbecue sauce. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used up. Then stick in the oven for around 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted.

If you have leftover barbecue chicken nachos that you want to keep fresh for an extended period, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. When ready to eat again, reheat in the oven at 350°F for about five minutes or until it’s heated through.

One last tip: keep the sour cream and green onions separate from your hot nachos so they don’t get soggy. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy your delicious make-ahead barbecue chicken nachos!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These nachos are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
These nachos are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

When it comes to making barbecue chicken nachos, there are a few tricks that will ensure your dish comes out perfectly. Here are some tips that will help you create a delicious and crowd-pleasing dish that your family and friends will absolutely love.

Firstly, preheat your oven before baking the nachos. This helps to ensure that the cheese melts evenly, and the tortilla chips get crispy without becoming burnt.

Secondly, using a rimmed baking sheet is crucial as it keeps all the ingredients in place while cooking, preventing any mess or spillage. Line the sheet with aluminum foil to aid in easy cleaning.

Next, make sure that you layer your ingredients properly. Starting with a layer of tortilla chips, sprinkle shredded chicken evenly on top of them. Next comes a layer of corn and black beans followed by a layer of BBQ sauce and shredded cheddar cheese. Repeat this process until you have used up all your ingredients.

Additionally, choose high-quality ingredients such as fresh chicken breasts that are boneless and skinless. You can use grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken depending on what’s available at your local grocery store. Also, make sure to use freshly made barbecue sauce for rich flavors.

You could also try using different types of cheeses such as nacho cheese or spicy pepper jack cheese to give an extra zing to your nachos.

Lastly, don’t overdo it with the toppings; keep it simple! Serve with sour cream and additional barbecue sauce on the side for dipping.

Follow these tips, and you’re sure to have loaded BBQ chicken nachos that will make everyone at the party want more!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Barbecue Chicken Nachos recipe is a game-changer for your next party or weeknight dinner. The combination of tender barbecue chicken, crunchy tortilla chips, melted cheddar cheese, and tangy barbecue sauce is pure heaven in every bite. Whether you prefer grilled or rotisserie chicken, this recipe has got you covered. You can also customize the toppings to your liking by adding black beans, corn, jalapeños, or green onions.

Not only is this recipe quick and easy to make, but it also requires minimal cleanup thanks to the sheet pan method. With just one baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, you can have loaded bbq chicken nachos ready in under 30 minutes. Plus, you can make the barbecue sauce and shred the chicken in advance to save even more time.

Pair these delicious nachos with a cold beer, Margarita or soda and enjoy good times with your friends and family. You won’t be able to resist going back for more! So next time you’re craving comfort food that’s both satisfying and flavorful, turn to this Barbecue Chicken Nachos recipe. It’s sure to become your new favorite!

Barbecue Chicken Nachos

Barbecue Chicken Nachos Recipe

This is a nice little snack recipe for when you want something other than the traditional nachos. It is easy to make a little or a lot of this recipe and it takes no time at all. From "Real Simple" magazine, so you know it is simple to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 361.4 kcal


  • 6 -7 ounces tortilla chips (half a bag)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly


  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spread out chips, layer with cheese and chicken; bake at 450 degrees F until the cheese is melted, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Dot with the barbecue sauce and sprinkle with green onions; serve.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 122gCalories: 361.4kcalCarbohydrates: 23.3gProtein: 20.3gFat: 20.9gSaturated Fat: 9.3gCholesterol: 65.8mgSodium: 488.7mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 4.3g
Keyword < 15 Mins, chicken, Easy, High In…, High Protein, Meat, Poultry
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